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Fundraisers typically need a bachelor’s degree and strong communication and organizational skills. Employers generally prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.Education
Fundraisers have a variety of academic backgrounds. However, some employers prefer candidates with bachelor’s degrees in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business, but degrees in other subjects also may be acceptable.
Several schools offer master’s degree programs in philanthropic studies or fundraising. Requirements for entering these programs generally are based on work or volunteer experience at a nonprofit or grantmaking foundation. Students may take courses in annual campaigns, planned giving, major gifts, grant proposals, and marketing.
In addition to taking relevant coursework, students can gain experience by volunteering at local charities or participating in student-led organizations.Other Experience
Internships and previous work experience are important in obtaining a paid position as a fundraiser. Many fundraising campaigns rely on volunteers having face-to-face or over-the-phone interaction with potential donors. It is important that the fundraiser who organizes the campaign have experience with this type of work.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Certification is voluntary, but fundraisers may obtain it to demonstrate a level of professional competency. CFRE International offers the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation for fundraisers. Candidates are required to have 5 years of work experience in fundraising, as well as 80 hours of continuing education through attendance at conferences and classroom instruction. To keep their certification valid, fundraisers must apply for renewal every 3 years.Advancement
Fundraisers can advance to fundraising manager positions. However, some manager positions may require a master’s degree, in addition to years of work experience as a fundraiser.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Fundraisers need strong communication skills to clearly explain the message and goals of their organization so that people will make donations.
Detail oriented. Fundraisers must be detail oriented because they deal with large volumes of data, including lists of people’s names and phone numbers, and must comply with state and federal regulations. Failing to do so may result in penalties.
Leadership. Many fundraisers manage large teams of volunteers and must be able to lead them without having the usual incentive of pay at their disposal.
Organizational skills. Fundraisers manage large campaigns and events. They must have strong planning and organizational skills in order to succeed.
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Hispanic or Latino9.2%
Black or African American0.8%
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New York University8.5%
University of Phoenix7.2%
George Washington University4.9%
University of Kansas4.9%
University of Washington4.8%
Pennsylvania State University4.6%
Fashion Institute of Technology4.6%
University of California - Los Angeles4.3%
San Jose State University4.3%
Michigan State University4.1%
University of Iowa3.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Associate, Development||Tishman Speyer Properties, L.P.||New York, NY||Nov 19, 2015||$220,813|
|Strategic Partner Development Associate||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 06, 2015||$180,400|
|Microstrategy Developer Associate||AQR Capital Management, LLC||Greenwich, CT||Oct 15, 2015||$165,000 -
|Applications Developer (Associate)||JP Morgan Chase & Co||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2015||$142,000|
|Counterparty Model Risk & Development Associate||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Apr 07, 2015||$140,000|
|Quantitative Software Developer Associate||AQR Capital Management, LLC||Greenwich, CT||Mar 14, 2016||$140,000 -
|Application Developer (Associate)||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Dec 17, 2016||$140,000|
|P&L Developer Associate||AQR Capital Management||Greenwich, CT||May 20, 2016||$140,000|
|Algorithmic Developer, Associate||AQR Capital Management||Greenwich, CT||Mar 03, 2016||$140,000|
|Applications Developer-Associate||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Nov 16, 2015||$138,000|
|Applications Developer-Associate||Jpmorgan Chase and Co.||New York, NY||Aug 02, 2016||$135,000|
|Applications Developer, Associate||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Salem, NH||Aug 29, 2016||$107,000|
|Application Developer (Associate)||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Dec 29, 2015||$106,000|
|Associate Development Architect||Sap Labs, LLC||Newtown, PA||Aug 11, 2015||$105,400 -
|Quantitative Analyst Model Development Associate II||The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 16, 2015||$105,000|
|Applications Developer-Associate||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||NJ||Jun 06, 2016||$105,000|
|Applications Developer-Associate||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Oct 19, 2015||$105,000|
|Developer Associate||Ariba, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 25, 2016||$105,000|
|Software Developer-Associate||Kingsmen Software LLC||Charlotte, NC||Jan 10, 2016||$78,000|
|Quantitative Analytics Modeling Development Associate III||The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.||Wilmington, DE||Sep 06, 2015||$76,606 -
|Associate Apps Developer||EOG Resources, Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 16, 2016||$76,000|
|Project Development Associate||Solarcity Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$76,000|
|Software Developer-Associate||Kingsmen Software LLC||Charlotte, NC||Jan 01, 2016||$75,000|
|Product Development Associate||Enova Financial Holdings LLC||Chicago, IL||Jan 09, 2016||$75,000 -
|Development Associate III||Praxair, Inc.||Tonawanda, NY||Nov 08, 2016||$75,000|
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